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“New location and better than ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hostaria da Franz

Hostaria da Franz
Castello,3499 | (zona Bragora - Arsenale), 30122 Venice, Italy
0039+41 5220861
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Ranked #82 of 1,197 restaurants in Venice
Price range: $66 - $106
Cuisines: Italian, Chowder
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London,England
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167 reviews 167 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
“New location and better than ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We have dined at Da Franz several times in the past while attending the Biennale since it was a few minutes away from the Giardini and it was always an enjoyable experience,. The new location is more central but nothing has been lost in the move. If anything it has gotten better. The ambience makes one feel as if the restaurant has been there for a hundred years with polished wood, quiet but tasteful decor and a single candle on the table. Nothing fancy, yet very refined. The staff is excellent and several have been with Da Franz for years and the owner's son is now in charge. Friendly, yet professional service. Fish is, of course, the name of the game here as in most Venetian restaurants, but Da Franz uses very interesting spices and other ingredients to combine with very fresh and excellently prepared fish to produce some very creative and tasty dishes, e.g., a Branzino (sea bass) that had been marinated in orange and lemon juice and then sautéed with finely ground fresh herbs, and a mackerel served with a variety of fresh berries + red cabbage puree spiced with cumin. There is a good wine list and unless one opts for the reserve list, prices are very good value for money. All in all, one of our top choices in Venice.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Simply wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

We just left the restaurant moments ago filled with such food joy and satisfaction. We have been traveling Italy for the past 10 days and nothing compares to Hostaria da Franz. The reading of the menu takes you back to story time ....you can just imagine everything, in this case, a story of delectable foods. The food was elegant and so was the service. Now go to Venice and enjoy the story that comes true.

Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Late April evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

A marvelous evening of excellent food, wine and personality of Da Franz.. lead by Maurizio, a well co-ordinated team and certainly great kitchen. A must do and easy to find in the nearby Castello side streets.

We will return when back in beautiful Venice.

Thanks G & S, Toronto

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Drayton Parslow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best in Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

This was our third visit, but the first to the new, much easier to find, location. And it has become even better. Many reviews will tell you how fantastic the locally-sourced-only food is, or how welcoming host Maurizio is. Just know that the way it works is : no menu - Maurizio will run through what is good that day, but with no prices. We have seen a few Americans look a little uncomfortable with no menu to peruse, but this works so well. For Venice, the lack of prices is not a cause for concern. My wife and I had the full experience and the bill was around €200, which was around half that at Cip's Club, but da Franz was twice the experience. The restaurant is relaxed, dress is informal, they take cards. All in, this is easily the best restaurant we've found in Venice in 5 visits, and people do get advised to come by the concierge at The Danieli, so we aren't wrong...

Visited April 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Resturant in Venice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was off the tourist routes but not too far from St. Mark’s square and was well worth the trip. Starting with a glass of champagne when you sit down, followed by a warm welcome from the owner you feel very comfortable. He guided us through the menu and all the options and needless to say, he helped us select a perfect meal and wine selection.

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